After a stellar August, a drop in female creators isn’t a big shock, particularly with another big DC event in September. DC’s September events rarely feature many female creators and “Futures End” is no exception, but luckily the rest of the publisher’s line, particularly Vertigo, picked up some of the slack and the end result was a decent, albeit down batch of solicits. Let’s take a look:
- For New 52 writers, Gail Simone is on Batgirl: Futures End #1, Christy Marx pens Birds of Prey: Futures End #1, and Amanda Conner co-writes Harley Quinn: Futures End #1.
- For New 52 art, Emanuela Lupacchino is on interior art for Supergirl: Futures End #1, Rachel Dodson is inking the cover for Catwoman: Futures End #1, and Amanda Conner is drawing the cover for Harley Quinn: Futures End #1.
- Outside of the New 52, Kelly Sue DeConnick is writing a story in Adventures of Superman #17 and Cat Staggs is doing the cover for Smallville Season 11: Chaos #2.
- Over at Vertigo, Caitlin Kittredge writes Coffin Hill #11, Meghan Hetrick and Tula Lotay are on interior art for Bodies #3, Celia Calle is doing the cover for The Names #1, Marguerite Sauvage is doing the cover for Hinterkind #11, and Yuko Shimizu is doing the cover for The Unwritten: Apocalypse #9.
- While all of the “Futures End” books are technically first issues, they’re all just continuations of current New 52 titles so there’s really not much in the way of new characters there, though Batgirl does appear to feature a team of Batgirls, which is very fun. The only bona fide new book is Vertigo’s The Names, a mini-series with a female lead who investigates the mysterious death of her Wall Street trader husband.
All together, there are 13 different women scheduled to appear in 12 different books in September, down 3 and 4 respectively from August. That’s a notable drop, but considering the lack of female creators in “Futures End” and it being an unusually quiet month from the non-New 52, licensed properties department, it’s not too bad. It’s well into double digits, which is always good to see, and certainly more than Marvel’s been able to muster as of late.
We’ve also got some new names at Vertigo with Celia Calle and Marguerite Sauvage doing some covers. It’s always good to see new female creators pop up in the solicits, and I look forward to more work from both of them in the future.
The only new book featuring a female lead is a nice change as well. Usually when there’s only one or two new titles in a month, they tend to be dominated by male characters; female-led books generally slip in alongside three or four male-led books. Vertigo has a solid track record launching new series with female leads lately, and is certainly topping their superhero counterparts proportionally in both female creators and characters as of late.
Overall, it’s a down month and, as always, the number of female creators is dwarfed by the hundreds of men making comics at DC, but at the same time it is a relatively solid month for women at DC. With the superhero line returning to normal in October, I’d expect some better numbers then, though there may be some shifting around as cancellations and new series come into play. I can think of one loss and one gain off the top of my head already, but hopefully the gains win out and the numbers improve.